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National Patient Advocate Foundation Founder Testifies Before U.S. Senate Health Committee on Methods to Improve Healthcare Quality and Patient Outcomes
Date:1/29/2009

ingful manner that prioritizes the patient's experience."

Davenport-Ennis founded PAF in 1996 when a dear friend of hers was battling breast cancer and her insurance company. Today, PAF provides specialized case management services to more than 45,000 patients each year who are seeking information and assistance for access to care issues resulting from a diagnosis of a chronic, debilitating or life-threatening disease. NPAF is a policy organization based in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to providing the patient's voice in order to improve access to healthcare at the federal and state levels. In addition to her work with NPAF and PAF, Davenport-Ennis is a member of the federally-appointed American Health Information Community (AHIC), charged with advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on making health information digital and interoperable, and co-chair of the AHIC Consumer Empowerment Working Group.

In her testimony, Davenport-Ennis elaborated on the need for reimbursement reform and direct processes for incenting providers to provide quality care, which will help reduce unnecessary spending as the healthcare system moves away from acute, episodic care needs and towards disease prevention and management. In the near term, she pointed toward increasing the utilization of basic safety checklists before surgical procedures, which can provide enormous benefit to patients by way of improved quality and safety.

Additional recommendations for improving the level of quality care patients receive included:

  • Developing and adhering to quality medical guidelines independently developed by skilled medical professionals and free from conflicts of interest.
  • Increasing collaboration between government and manufacturers to broaden enrollment in clinical trials, enabling researchers to discover new and more effective treatments.
  • Using CER, designed in
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